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Portugal defiant

PORTUGUESE officials have told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo they won’t exclude Chinese companies from competing in a tender for the next-generation 5G wireless network.

It is the latest move by a European Union country resisting US efforts to persuade allies they should shun Huawei’s bids for 5G contracts.

Pompeo warned yesterday that the Chinese government “won’t hesitate” to use Huawei as a back door to confidential data. But Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said 5G operators will have to abide by strict regulations and that all foreign investment is welcome.